Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

May visits fire victims in hospital

May visits fire victims in hospital

Some 58 people are now feared dead in the Grenfell Tower fire in west London, according to British police.

"We as the police, we investigate criminal offences - I am not sitting here and saying there are criminal offences that have been committed, that's why you do an investigation, to establish it", he said.

Stuart Cundy, commander of the Metropolitan Police, expects the death toll to rise, but he has thus far declined to comment on any details of the missing people due to the complexity and difficulty of the identifying process.

Fire engulfs the 24-story Grenfell Tower in London in the early hours of June 14.

Morocco said seven of its nationals were among the dead. The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to victims, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the displaced families.

Prime Minister Theresa May also met survivors on Friday in a private visit to a London hospital, Downing Street said, adding that she spent about an hour with patients and staff. Earlier in the day, the 91-year-old monarch described the country's mood as "somber" but insisted that Britain remained resolute during a hard time.

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.

Some of the anger stems from reports that Grenfell Tower had no central sprinkler system and was built with flammable materials that residents told the government needed to be fixed. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

The prime minister is still reeling from a botched snap election that resulted in her Conservative Party's loss of its majority in Parliament. "We'll get to the bottom of this", she said.

The Queen has been heckled by a member of the public while visiting survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

"Little can compare in recent times to a tragedy on this scale - the response from the local authority has simply not been good enough".

Queen Elizabeth II said the disaster had cast a sombre pall over Britain, but insisted the country was showing resolve in the face of adversity.

Friends and families of victims, including a furious seven-year-old, asked: "How many children died?"

Many survivors are sleeping on the floor in community centers and there's still no coordinated distribution of donated food and clothing.

"That is also an absolute priority for the investigation - to establish who they may be", he added.

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